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Dustin Rhodes


From:
Owasso OK
Post Posted 19 Aug 2015 5:53 am     Reply with quote

Andy Henriksen wrote:
Why do so many sellers request that a listing be "closed" or deleted after the sale is complete? Some ever go so far as to edit/remove the text of the O.P., deleting all the pics, etc.

I would think it would be of great benefit to the forumites to simply add a "Sold!" to the thread subject, and leave the rest of it intact. It serves as a good archive of what items were selling for at various points in time. This can help sellers set realistic asking prices, etc. Just my .02...


I get closing the thread. I don't get deleting all pictures, details, prices, etc.
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Andy Henriksen


From:
Michigan, USA
Post Posted 19 Aug 2015 6:01 am     Reply with quote

Dustin Rhodes wrote:
I get closing the thread. I don't get deleting all pictures, details, prices, etc.

Yeah, true. closing makes sense...
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Andy Eder


From:
North Florida, USA
Post Posted 19 Aug 2015 8:17 am     Reply with quote

i constantly hear b0b and others mentioned trying to save bandwidth so if I sell something, I have started to change the title to CLOSE, CLOSE PLEASE, etc.. and delete all photos and all or most of the text. I am not a computer expert but I think this saves band width.

I wish that was not an issue because I think valuable information is being erased or lost. I occasionally do a search on items I am considering buying or selling to try to determine an accurate value or asking price. Even if it's still there, you don't know the actual sale price. A few times I have messaged a buyer or seller to try to get accurate info and most of the time I get no answer.

There are other reasons this info is deleted but I don't have the time to address them all.

Are we all interested in paying more to enable b0b to buy more bandwidth? I am, are you?

A lifetime membership for $5.00 is a bargain.

Thank you b0b!
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Dustin Rhodes


From:
Owasso OK
Post Posted 19 Aug 2015 8:56 am     Reply with quote

Other forums I'm a part of charge to use their classifieds and some charge considerably more for businesses to post. To me this forum is a valuable resource on steels that exists no where else and I hate to see pictures or info lost in the name of bandwidth. I would gladly pony up a bit more to see this stuff saved for years to come.
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Andy Henriksen


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Michigan, USA
Post Posted 20 Aug 2015 4:19 am     Reply with quote

Andy Eder wrote:
Are we all interested in paying more to enable b0b to buy more bandwidth? I am, are you?

A lifetime membership for $5.00 is a bargain.

Well, it's certainly not my place to analyze the economics of owning and maintaining this place, but I would suggest that if $5/person + a suggested donation of 2.5% of sales is not enough to sustain this place in a way that threads of historical value can be retained, then maybe a slight increase in the membership fee should be considered.

I just find it odd that threads in other sub-forums aren't regularly deleted and/or purged of content after questions have been answered or their initial purpose otherwise served, yet they are in this one.

And, yes, I agree that $5 is a major bargain, and would donate a few bucks more if that would help.
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b0b


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Northern California
Post Posted 20 Aug 2015 8:27 am     Reply with quote

Andy Eder wrote:
i constantly hear b0b and others mentioned trying to save bandwidth so if I sell something, I have started to change the title to CLOSE, CLOSE PLEASE, etc.. and delete all photos and all or most of the text. I am not a computer expert but I think this saves band width.

I'd rather have the history of the ad intact, including pictures, than have an empty ad with replies that make no sense. People use closed ads to research prices for things they want to sell. That minimal usage is not a significant bandwidth hit. Trivial replies from uninterested parties on active image-heavy ads, on the other hand, are probably the biggest bandwidth waste. Plus they are annoying to the readers. That's where etiquette come in.
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Andy Henriksen


From:
Michigan, USA
Post Posted 20 Aug 2015 9:18 am     Reply with quote

b0b wrote:
I'd rather have the history of the ad intact, including pictures, than have an empty ad with replies that make no sense. People use closed ads to research prices for things they want to sell. That minimal usage is not a significant bandwidth hit. Trivial replies from uninterested parties on active image-heavy ads, on the other hand, are probably the biggest bandwidth waste. Plus they are annoying to the readers. That's where etiquette come in.

Perhaps you could add a brief suggestion to the "Advice for Sellers" or "what to do when your item sells" sticky/announcement suggesting that people stop deleting content after an item sells.

Of course, if somebody wants to for privacy reasons or whatever, they should feel free, but it sounds like there's a misconception about data storage and bandwidth.

Thanks for chiming in!
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b0b


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Northern California
Post Posted 20 Aug 2015 9:48 am     Reply with quote

As far as data storage goes, once a picture's been uploaded, it's there forever. Deleting an image from a post doesn't delete it from the server.

I think Andy's the only one who thought he was doing the forum a favor by deleting his ad content. Most people who do that do it for privacy reasons.
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Ian Worley


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Sacramento, CA
Post Posted 20 Aug 2015 10:49 am     Reply with quote

b0b wrote:
...Trivial replies from uninterested parties on active image-heavy ads, on the other hand, are probably the biggest bandwidth waste. Plus they are annoying to the readers. That's where etiquette come in.
Another annoying thing is the ad with two pages of serial posts from the OP that say only "TTT" or "bump" etc.

If the most recent post in a thread is yours, you can simply delete it , then submit a new one. It will have same effect without all of the useless clutter.
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Dustin Rhodes


From:
Owasso OK
Post Posted 29 Sep 2015 12:09 pm     Reply with quote

Really makes for good vibes here on the forum to see every "deal" show up several weeks later with a jacked up price and fancy pictures.
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Kevin Maki


From:
Trimountain,MI. U.S.A.
Post Posted 25 Jun 2017 7:37 am     Buying/selling rant Reply with quote

It seems that lately there have been a number of nice guitars that are being bought up by a particular music store in order to resell and make a profit. This really hurts a person's chances to purchase their first steel,or maybe just a second guitar at a decent price. I'm sure anyone who posts a guitar for sale would like to sell it as fast as possible,but to me it'd be more ethical to sell to a member of the forum who truly is looking for a steel for personal use, and not for turning a profit.Of course we can't always know what the buyer's intentions are,but when you see a certain member buying up a lot of the nice deals so often,it's really disappointing. Just my two cents..
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 26 Jun 2017 8:57 am     Reply with quote

Money talks, BS walks! Whoa!
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Kevin Maki


From:
Trimountain,MI. U.S.A.
Post Posted 26 Jun 2017 10:00 am     selling/buying Reply with quote

That's a fact Erv !
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 26 Jun 2017 10:25 am     Reply with quote

Kevin,
Glad you agree.
I've owned things and somebody would say: "If you ever want to sell that, let me know",
I decide to sell it and let them know and then they disappear.
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Kevin Maki


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Trimountain,MI. U.S.A.
Post Posted 27 Jun 2017 4:45 am     Reply with quote

Yea,I guess I've had that happen too. Confirms your original reply.
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